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Committee Descriptions

Animal Welfare Committee 
The committee shall be responsible for liaison between the corporation and humane organizations. The committee shall monitor issues and activities in this field and formulate positions on animal welfare subjects to better inform the public, humane groups, and the Executive Board.


Communicable Diseases & Public Health Committee

Committee Co-Chair – Bonnie Smith

The Communicable Diseases & Public Health Committee shall be responsible for collecting and distributing information concerning these areas to the membership.

Communications Committee

Committee Chair - Mary Labato, Ann Marie Greenleaf, and Monica Mansfield
It shall be the duty of the Communications Committee to oversee the publication of the newsletter. It shall, together with the Advisory Committee, consider and approve the established policy of the newsletter.


Conference and Programming Committee

Committee Chair – Al Andersen

The Conference and Programming Committee shall be responsible for assessing the needs and desires of the veterinarians and their assistants in the area of continuing education. The committee will arrange scientific programs for the members of the association.


Continuing Education Accreditation Committee

Committee Chair – Alison Gaynor

The Continuing Education Accreditation Committee is chosen by the Executive Board to fulfill the agreement with the Massachusetts Board of Veterinary Medicine. The Continuing Education Accreditation Committee shall be responsible for evaluating potential continuing education programs being offered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and for determining whether credit should be granted.


Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Committee

The Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Committee shall be responsible for assuring the corporation's readiness to participate in emergency and disaster response in accordance with any agreements with governmental authorities; educating members about and providing assistance to members on emergency preparedness; educating members and the veterinary community about biosecurity and other threats; participating under the direction of the State Veterinarian and emergency management officials when applicable, in response to disasters and emergencies; and other activities consistent with the intention of MVMA to be both proactive and reactive on emergency and disaster matters. The committee shall make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding disbursement from the MVMA Emergency Fund.

 

Finance Committee

Committee Chair – Cindy Fuhs

The Finance Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the investments of the corporation, all financing the corporation shall require, and all capital campaigns/expenditures.


Large Animal Committee

Committee Chair – Dana Pantano

The Large Animal Committee shall be responsible for collecting and distributing information concerning this area to the membership. The Committee will work with the Conference and Programming Committee to plan continuing education programs on large animal topics.


Legislative Committee

Committee Chair – Laurie Klein

It shall be the duty of the Legislative Committee to examine each bill filed in the Massachusetts House and Senate having to do with animals or veterinary medicine. The Committee shall report its recommendations to the Executive Board for its consideration of either favoring or opposing a particular bill.


Membership Committee

It shall be the duty of the Membership Committee to actively recruit veterinarians who are eligible for membership in the Association. They shall also invite membership applications from all newly-licensed veterinarians. They shall perform such other duties and functions as may be from time-to-time designated by the Executive Board, including maintenance of the membership directory. This committee will also seek and monitor membership benefits.

Resolution and Bylaws Committee

Committee Chair – Kathy Reilly
The Resolution and Bylaws Committee shall be responsible for ensuring that the bylaws are kept updated and relevant. They shall propose amendments to the bylaws as defined in Article XII of the MVMA Bylaws. They shall act as a conduit between the membership and the Executive Board regarding any proposed resolutions.


Professional Regulatory Relations Committee
 

Committee Chair – Bob Shurtleff
This committee shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a liaison with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine and other government agencies as needed. The committee shall inform the Advisory Committee on all issues and activities pertaining to the veterinary community.


Cummings Liaison

Committee Chair – Cheryl Blaze

The Tufts Relations Committee shall be responsible for promoting the Association to students at the veterinary school at Tufts University, making opportunities to raise the Association’s visibility among students and the school and establishing programs that benefit students, the school and the Association. The Committee shall report to the Executive Board about activities of the students and the school that may affect the Association and its members.


Veterinary Technician Committee (MVTA) - Melissa Supernor 
The Veterinary Technician Committee shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of liaison between the corporation and schools or groups of Veterinary Technicians. The Committee shall also plan continuing education programs for Veterinary Technicians in coordination with the Continuing Education and Program Committee.


Regional VMAs

Berkshire County Veterinarians - John Reynolds

Cape Cod VMA - Maryjean Driscoll

MetroWest VMA - Stephanie Kube

New England Veterinary Medical Association - Mary Labato

South Shore Veterinary Medical Association - Alan Glazer

Veterinary Association of the North Shore - Julie Haller

Western Massachusetts VMA - Robert Shurtleff

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